Coming to counselling is a big decision, you may be feeling stuck and unable to move forward with a particular difficulty are or you may be part of a couple stuck in patterns of behaviour that are ruining your relationship. You may have been told that you would benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you manage overwhelming feelings such as anxiety or low mood. You may not know what you want but simply feel you need to talk things through with someone. Whatever the circumstances, I will provide a confidential, caring and productive counselling relationship in which you will feel emotionally supported while you explore whatever issues you want to bring to our sessions.
I am an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accreditation enables clients to recognise proven and competent practitioners. This means that the selection of a counsellor or therapist can be based on an informed choice rather than speculation. I have also been trained in couple work by Relate and I am an accredited couple’s counsellor. I am also a qualified supervisor and supervise other counsellors and trainees. I am also trained in EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and a member of the EMDR Association
I have a wide range of experience; I have worked for Relate and the NHS working with all types of relationships and a range of issues including low mood and anxiety, abuse, work related issues, single trauma, complex childhood trauma, and more. I also have over 10 years’ experience working with substance misusers and addictions and have been a counselling lecturer at Blackpool & the Fylde College. My approach to counselling is eclectic; this means that a variety of approaches to the work are used as and when appropriate and in collaboration with you, the client. My practice is underpinned in the Person Centred approach, therefore at the centre of the counselling relationship is my regard for and acceptance of the individual.
I treat all information disclosed to me respectfully and as confidential. There are times when I would be ethically bound to break confidentiality; these are when a client disclosed to me an intention to harm themselves or others, knowledge of a young person or vulnerable adult who is in danger of abuse or an intention to commit a crime. When I discuss my work with my supervisor client confidentiality is protected by anonymity.
I work with individuals, couples and families from home in a comfortable dedicated counselling ground floor room in Blackpool. I offer flexible appointments to suit your needs and offer an initial 10/15 minute consultation, free of charge, to enable you to find out i you feel comfortable with me and to see if I can help . If you decide to go ahead, we will have regular reviews so that you can ensure you are getting what you need out of the counselling/supervisory process. Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes, EMDR usually 80 minutes and supervision sessions for 90 minutes. Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy - Manchester University
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling – Preston College
- Relate Certificate in Couple counselling - Relate, Rugby
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- Edge Hill University
- EMDR Therapist - The EMDR Academy
- Diploma in Supervision - The Centre for Personal Development, Liverpool
- Award in Tackling Substance Misuse - National Open College Network
- Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse
- Working with Victims of Domestic Abuse
- Working with Mental health
- Motivational Interviewing
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy
- Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Working with single, multiple & complex trauma
- Relate Lancashire
- Lifeline (Substance Misuse)
- Alcohol and Drug Services, Blackpool
- Lecturer in Therapeutic Counselling, BFC
- Lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) skills and theory, BFC
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £60.00
- Individual counselling £40.00 per 50 minutes
- Couple Counselling £45 per 50 minutes
- Supervision: £45 per 90 minutes
- EMDR: £60 per 80 minutes
- In all cases I offer a free of charge 10/15 minute session so that we can get to know each other and explore the possibility of working together.
When I work
I offer flexible appointments during the day or evenings .